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Infinix HOT 7 – Long Term Review

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We have been using the Infinix HOT 7 for quite some time now. Read on to get an overall insight of what the HOT 7 is capable of doing in terms of daily usage, battery life, camera and gaming performance.

 

 

Daily Usage
Inside the HOT 7’s box, along with the basic accessories like the micro USB cable, manual, and sim ejector pin, Infinix has provided a screen protector and a back case. The addition of these two things inside a budget smartphone’s box does add value. This is because of the fact that it saves people the hassle to go and purchase an added screen protector and a back case for protecting the smartphone. Personally, if they would have a pair of earphones then it would have been the icing on the cake. And yes the screen protector and the back case did help the phone from getting dings and scratches. Also, the screen protector will not last for long as it is of inferior quality. Whereas, the back case has a cool design engraved on it.

 

 

An impressive feature in the HOT 7 is the Dirac Stereo Widening Technology which really adds on to the video playback experience. What despised me was its buggy user interface and bloatware. The launcher keeps sending you notifications whenever you unlock the phone. On the other side, there is AI Read Mode, Smart Photo Cleaner, Bike Mode, Game Boost, Smart Panel, Super Screenshot, and Multi-window mode for your convenience. In terms of security, in the HOT 7, we preferred the fingerprint sensor security option more than the face unlock feature.

 

Camera
The AI quad-camera setup is best for occasional photography. The AI beauty feature softens the image way too much and gives it an artificial touch. During the daytime, the image captures minimum details. Also, the Bokeh effect on the images is fairly decent. Take a look at these sample images which we took and decide for yourself.

 

 

The selfie camera has a flash and it lights up in a dimly lit background, below you can see the difference in both the pictures. The one on the left is sharper whereas the AI selfie camera portrays a comparatively softer image.

 

 

Photos under the streetlight aren’t grainy and have some amount of detail to it, as seen on the left picture. The picture on the right is taken under heavy lighting.

 

Battery Life
More than anything, the 4000mAh battery life on the HOT 7 will last you one full day with moderate usage and even charges to 85 per cent in two hours. It takes 2 hours 15 minutes to get fully charged. Playing games for 1 hour at a stretch will drain only 15 per cent to 20 per cent of its battery. Not only this, it doesn’t heat up after heavy usage. The only downside is that the micro USB standard cable in 2019 still feels a bit too old. But, it is certainly not a deal-breaker as it can efficiently perform most of the tasks throughout your day.

 

Gaming Performance
The HOT 7 is powered by an Helio P25 (MTK6757CD) Processor and with the 4GB RAM output, it is capable of running high graphic games without any drastic drop in frames. We tested Call of Duty, PUBG mobile and Asphalt 9. Again, the gyroscope is not as accurate as you would want it to be. But then it is not your average budget smartphone either, it is way cheaper than that. For the HOT 7 to even have a gyroscope is still a good deal indeed.

 

Verdict
The HOT 7 has become dated with the launch of HOT 8 in September. Of course, with time it has aged, but it does handle all the day to day tasks well and will easily last you a day with moderate to heavy usage. Such is the battery’s power! This smartphone is ideal for first-timers and for people who want to keep it as their spare smartphone. Infinix had launched the HOT 7 in July 2019 for ₹9,999, but now in the offline stores, you can expect it to be cheaper by ₹1,000 to ₹1,500.

 

Specifications

Display: 6.19 IPS LCD HD (720 x 1500 pixels)
RAM: 4GB
ROM: 64GB + Expandable up to 256GB
Camera: AI Quad Camera
Front: 13 MP (f2.0) + 2 MP
Rear: 13 MP (f1.8) + 2 MP with Depth Sensor
Battery: 4000mAh

Price: ₹9,999/-

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